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Bryan Preston


May 22, 2013 - 3:46 pm

The heinous terrorist attack in London today makes the timing of this announcement interesting.

Al-Awlaki, a radical Muslim cleric, was killed in a drone strike in September 2011 in Yemen. Holder said three other Americans were killed by drones in counterterrorism operations since 2009 but were not targeted. The three are Samir Khan, who was killed in the same drone strike as al-Awlaki; al-Awlaki’s 16-year-old son, Abdulrahman, a native of Denver, who also was killed in Yemen two weeks later; and Jude Kenan Mohammed, who was killed in a drone strike in Pakistan.

“Since entering office, the president has made clear his commitment to providing Congress and the American people with as much information as possible about our sensitive counterterrorism operations,” Holder told Leahy, D-Vt. “To this end, the president has directed me to disclose certain information that until now has been properly classified.”

This administration is purposely schizophrenic on terrorism. It’ll drone select terrorists lurking overseas, but so far isn’t lifting a finger to apprehend the terrorists who attacked the US facility at Benghazi last September. Obama wants to avoid the optics of capturing them and then sticking them at Gitmo, and seems to prefer local proceedings to be done against transnational terrorists (some were from Yemen) who attacked and killed four Americans in a quasi-state. The optics of killing them without trial is better than keeping them alive at Gitmo? It is, in the sense that dead terrorists don’t have lawyers and don’t wage hunger strikes and, because they’re dead, no one agitates on their behalf anymore.

No one, like Barack Obama, who campaigned on closing the terrorist holding pen at Gitmo and has yet to fulfill that promise. Basically, we’re looking at the effect of Sen. Barack Obama’s disagreement with President Barack Obama. An Obama divided against itself cannot stand.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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We simply have to re-define what it means to "declare war".

The traditional eras and days of a single government such as Imperial Japan mounting a surprise aerial attack resulting in a Franklin Roosevelt declaring that "Day of Infamy".....are over. The days of a nation executing its' traitors are over....apparently.

Doesn't anybody remember 1942? Has no one read any History of surprise enemy attacks?....apparently not. Is that now "too yesterday"?

Despite the very brutally demonstrated fact that these trans-national Muslims worldwide, wherever they may be, have declared their universal Koran-authorized and -mandated War against us infidels, over and over and over again, we somehow, amidst all of the ostrich feathers fluttering amongst us, refuse to admit that we Americans are the enemy of these Muslims. They themselves tell us so repeatedly that our throats are meant to be slit by them because they are Muslims and we are infidels.

Their Koran mandates our throat-slitting....or killing by other means.

Despite the fact that those trans-national Muslims brilliantly organized another surprise aerial attack against us on 11 September, 2001 which has taken thousands of American lives and continues to do so......we somehow maintain some sort of Twilight-Zone denial that we are indeed at War against these same Muslims......apparently because of this new Trans-national aspect of a religious movement.

Somehow, our brilliant American lawyers out there must rationalize for us their fellow Americans a legal argument in favor of a Declaration of a Trans-National War, and an automatic defensive effort against such a Trans-National Muslim attack, or attacks.

Then, the holier-than-thou tut-tutting of using drones against those Anwar al-Awliki's will cease. Let the hand-wringing cease.
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